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Remembering D-Day

Stephen A. Labate is a financial planner and army veteran who is running for Congress in New York's Third Congressional District.

On this day, 68 years ago, soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, taking Hitler’s Nazi forces by surprise in one of the greatest examples of military courage the world has ever seen. Remembered as D-Day, the success of the Allied invasion marked an important turning point in World War II, which led to the eventual victory over Hitler’s Germany. Thousands of American servicemen lost their lives that day, and countless others were wounded in the fight to liberate Europe from the evil grip of Nazi Germany.

As the number of veterans from World War II dwindles, I fear that the commemoration of D-Day, and the important sacrifice those who served on that day made is being diminished in the American psyche. As I meet and speak with veterans of World War II, they express this same concern, and fear that the lessons of the Second World War are being lost among many in government today. For veterans of war, being forgotten by ones fellow countrymen is the greatest tragedy of all.

It is imperative that on this day, we remember the sacrifices that the 'Greatest Generation' made for our freedoms all those years ago. Take a minute, sit down with your children, or grandchildren, and tell them the story of the brave soldiers, sailors and airmen, who fought and died so that America could remain free.

As a 24 year Army Officer who still wears our country’s uniform, I see a similar greatness in the eyes of our current generation of warriors. Today’s servicemen and women continue the heroic tradition of their predecessors in wars past.

Nearly 11 years after the September 11th attacks, it is important to remember that we are still a nation at war. Military hospital beds are just as full today as they were three, five, and seven years ago. For many of our servicemen and women, the battle continues long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Thank you to all those who have served, and who continue to serve, and today, let us all give a special thanks, to the brave men who served on D-Day. 

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Dad of Three June 07, 2012 at 04:01 AM
For Mr LIP, Veteran's Day is in November. Armed Forces Day is in May. June 6th is a remembrance of the brave men (all regular combat forces were then male) who fought on the beaches of Normandy; it has been estimated that over 150,000 Allied troops were involved, and on D-Day alone about 10,000 were killed. As Mr AP has rightly observed, this should be a thread honoring those who served on D-Day, (and I would say especially those who were wounded or killed), rather than having this topic hijacked for political purposes.
Nassau Taxpayer June 07, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Zip it, LIP. The OP was pure self-serving partisan politics.
Long Island Patriot June 07, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Mr DOT I hardly need a military history lesson from the likes of you as I am retired military. You and your like minded comrades here have hijacked this thread and turned it into your personal diatribe against Labate. Take your ZIP IT comment and go to North Korea where your talent in stifling free speech is appreciated.
Nassau Taxpayer June 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
"Take your ZIP IT comment and go to North Korea where your talent in stifling free speech is appreciated." Take your own advice and shove off for Pyongyang, LIP.
Goin' Commando June 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The vile trash talk from the so-called Long Island Patriot is typical for him and his ilk. If someone were to suggest that he go back in time to Nazi Germany, where, to use LIP's words, "where [his] talent in stifling free speech is appreciated.", he would find that as unacceptable as does Nassau Taxpayer, and as do I. Let's stick to the topic that was posted, and honor those who served on D-Day.

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